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with the white house. there are things that could be done by executive action. let's watch. >> somebody said to me, well, it's a republican issue. let me tell you it's not a republican issue. if i remember my history, the first two years of the last obama administration congress and the senate and the white house were all in the hands of the democrats, and they did nothing, so spare me that it's only the democrats. >> perhaps the mayor is forgetting that you need 60 votes in the senate to get anything done, but be that as it may, his point is well taken. we all have a responsibility now to go forward to get something done, and it should be bipartisan, and i think it can be. whatever the president can do by executive or administrative direction, high pressure that he will do. i also think we all have a responsibility to tell the children that we did everything in our power to protect them, and i think this is different. for some reason it's different. children die all the time in ener cities and the rest. it's always tragic. somehow or other this has pushed it all over the top, and i think th
the international community. joining us from beijing with re action from china, universally condemned. >> reporter: hello, andrea. well, a short while ago we heard from north korea that this new satellite has started broadcasting revolutionary songs, the songs of kim il-song and mission control there was great excitement at this. the rest of the world, is, of course, somewhat less enthralled and even china, the ally and economic partner of pyongyang had some pretty blunt language today. now, this isn't the first time that china has been critical of north korea, but they rarely react in such blunt terms. you will recall that only a short while ago they were describing the relationship with north korea as being like lips and teeth, well, that's really no longer the case. the question now, of course, is what china will do about it. they were pretty clear today they were not about to start supporting u.n. sanctions against the north, but we have a new leadership here, and there are signs he may be less indulgent of north korea, less indulgent of a nation which officials here privately have likened to
. talk about that a little bit. we're only six days away. are you surprised by the lack of action here in washington on the fiscal cliff considering the dire implications for a lot of budgets in cities around america? >> actually, look, i am surprised. been around the block just a couple times. i've seen different things in the past, but this is very serious business, and apparently some members of congress just don't get it. the -- you can call it whatever you want to call it, but certainly fiscal is in front of it and it's not good. taxes going up for all americans, not a good thing. significant, possibly devastating budget cuts coming down to certainly state and local governments, not a good thing. and so this seemingly bad game of chicken, you know, this is not some schoolyard game here. this is about people's lives, it's about their livelihoods, it's about the future of cities, it's about programs that need the dollars to provide services that the citizens want and expect is lack of doing your job. and so congress, it seems to me, should be flying, literally, back into session to
heal our nation. only action can do that. gun violence is a national epidemic and a national tragedy that demands more than words. >> this hour senator dianne feinstein about her push to reinstate the assault weapons ban. >> it's a first day bill i'm going to introduce in the senate and the same bill will be introduced in the house. a bill to ban assault weapons. it will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. not retroactively, but perspectively, and it will ban the same for big clips, drums, or strips of more than ten bullets. >> as the nation mourns 20 children and six women who tried to save them, some of the teachers who survived talk to matt lauer. >> it just kept going, so the noises that i started to hear were pops and, of course, i then at that point said, you know, we've got to do this lockdown. >> immediately the leaders in our building did what they needed to do, and they ran out of the door knowing that that gunfire was showering the hallways and the classrooms. >> i just kept reassuring them that they would be okay, that they were loved, that the
at all. they knew it would not survive, that their action would not survive in the courts. i believe that even under the new opinions, the ability to pass some restrictions on these kinds of weapons will be sustained by the court. with respect to the president, i placed a call to him this morning. i'm hopeful that he will return it. i would like to talk to him about it his help many moving forward with this. >> senator, what about the leadership from the white house? i spoke to a senior political advisor, an obama advisor this weekend, who said, well, the nr as has twice as much money, and there's no way to do anything. doesn't there need to be more leadership from the president? >> well, there does. on the other hand, you know, i was listening to mayor -- we were in the studio. i was listening to mayor bloomberg yesterday, and where he pointed out that with his pac he opposed seven people, gun people, and four of them were defeated. this can be done. i've done it. i know it can be done. i'm going to do my level best to get it done again. >> dianne feinstein, the litered of the charg
it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> and while washington buzzes over this video tribute to clinton, some are asking is it a farewell to the secretary or prelude to 2016? honoring the icons. politics meets hollywood. a tribute to the arts. president obama finds a way to salute an eclectic group of honor honorees. >> we've got my guy sitting next to dustin hoffman. dave letterman alongside one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. i couldn't think dave dances. there's no smooth transition from ballerina to led skep lin. they redefine the rock and roll lifestyle. we do not have video of this. there was some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around. so it's fitting that we're doing this in a room with windows about three inches thick. >> and oh baby, the palace makes it official, there was a reason she's been toasting with water, not wine. the duke and duchess are expecting. happy days. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. a new week brings new opportunities for grid lock as speaker boehner -- joining me chris cizi
director of the brady center's legal action project. welcome, both. i'm so glad you could come here to talk about this. dan gross, this goes all the way back with me. i covered the reagan years, known jim and sarah brady, so there's an issue here, and we're not talking about second amendment rights, but we're talking about reasonable background checks. what is the state of play right now? >> the state of play, you know, we're incredibly optimistic, because very clearly after you see the mass tragedies happen, this is a conversation that the american public wants to have. the american public knows that as a nation we are better than this. not only are we better than a nation with mass shootings and movie theaters and schools and places of worship, but we're also better that than a nation that loses 32 people to gun murders every day, and the reality is there are things, as you have pointed out, that we all agree on that have nothing to do with the second amendment that can prevent these tragedies from happening. a big one of those things is doing something about the 40% of all gun sales in t
, that they will pass and be able to say they took action, knowing there's so much criticism of republicans ms it rags of being kind of m way and not getting it done. so there is some of the posturing. there's also the important kind of role of counting the votes and trying to get a sense of where are members of congress on either this deal or something the president and the speaker could come together on. >> now, since we last talked yesterday, what the speaker added to the mix, because he didn't have the votes just for his plan b, just for the tax cut for people under $1 million, is adding some spending cuts to try to get more of those tea party conservatives. chris, alissa, according to the white house, according to jay carney, this is a multi-day exercise in futility. he said that -- he reiterated the president would veto it, but it won't even get out of the senate. >> they will not vote on the proposal in any way, shape, or form. this is an interesting gambit by john boehner, andrea, because i see a lot of down side. if this vote goes down, and i assume it won't, john boehner made a very public p
assault weapons, but can a meaningful discussion actually be held and can it lead to any action with this divided congress? georgia congressman and civil rights leader john louis joins me now from capitol hill. congressman, very good to see you. >> very good to see you. >> this, in the christmas season, has been such an incredible incomprehensible tragedy with these children, and for you it goes all the way back to the civil rights era and to dr. king and, of course, to 1968. when are we going to get our arms around the question of gun violence? >> well, now's the time to act. it's not a time for a commission, or more studies, it is time for action. it remind me of another period, 1968, when dr. martin luther king jr. was assassinated, robert kennedy was assassinated. we can go back to 1963 when everest was assassinated. we don't need more weapons of mass destruction. nothing saddened me more than last friday. i cried, i cried, when i saw what was happening in connecticut. these little children, these innocent little babies being slaughtered, if we don't have the courage to act
boehner to proceed to action. the house leadership is calling on the republican leadership to come to work and stop stonewalling every effort to get the job done, including that taxes are not raced on tens of millions of middle class families. the house does come babb, it's an open question as to whether or not john boehner has the power to muster up the votes. with me now, jonathan allen, senior washington correspondent for politoco. he recently wrote about the pushback congressman boehner is getting from those that had their committee assignments stripped. >> hello. i'm doing well. >> we just heard over the break that harry reid is denying this scott brown tweet and the president is moving forward on a new plan. the gop says there's a new plan moving forward on the fiscal cliff. harry reid says there's not. seems to me more of the same ping-pong we've had over the last few days. >> were no closer to steering away from the cliff. we are much closer to the cliff. the president made a round of calls last night to talk to congressional leaders about the need to get something done. no one has
systems to turkey and echoed president obama's warning of military action if syria were to use chemical weapons. joining me is former peace negotiator aaron david miller, vice president for the new initiatives at the woodrow wilson center. thanks very much. first of all the pentagon is saying that there is no evidence that they've actually taken steps, but they made some moves according to american intelligence and other intelligence agencies that were worrying an these warnings came from hillary clinton, from president obama, and now from n nato. what do we make of this and also the fact that russia has been helpful according to the white house, very helpful, be in trying to persuade syria that this is a red line syria should not cross? >> the noose is tightening. the russians understand the arc on assad is moving south quickly. the turks have finally requested at least defensive patriot batteries, probably patriot batteries designed to deal with missiles rather than aircraft. should they be anti-aircraft patriots you could see an offensive capacity and capability. the rebels in syria
time. as our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration, i hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants. >> it's a very interesting reminder. jeb bush, of course, has been very outspoken but there is a different wing of the republican party. >> we george w. bush talk about taking a softer line on immigration the day after republicans in the senate refused to ratify a treaty on discrimination against disabled people. those are two different courses for the republican party and i see one thing that strikes me, you have george w. bush here, robert dole, another former presidential nominee on the floor of the state. the party is moving on. these are not the most powerful voices in the party. the speeches we heard yesterday from marco rubio and paul ryan are i think more influential when trying to look at where is the republican party going to go. >> and, in fact, paul ryan here's another little bit of paul ryan speaking at that jack kemp forum, speaking of former presidential candidates the lake jack kemp. >> though i
doesn't do tim scott but if she doesn't do him and do a caretaker, chris, all the conservative action can be in that primary and maybe she doesn't get a conservative primary challenge. a lot of moving parts here. >> maybe lindsay gray lamb doesn't either. kelly, i don't want to leave the fiscal cliff out here. talk about a former senator who is making a lot of noise on it alan simpson, from wyoming. here what happens he had to say on the "today" show about who knows what about the fiscal cliff and the budget negotiations. >> these guys if you gave half of them -- gave 90% of them a profit and loss statement in one hand and a balance sheet in the other they wouldn't know how to read it. >> so, alan simpson not making himself the most popular among former colleagues. what is your sense? how well do the members who are going to be voting on the stuff understand, both what's in this deal or could be in the deal and what the consequences are? >> typically how this works out those with the most expertise are closest to the process of the deal making, what might be on the table, off the tabl
the kidnappers and then get a plan of action and, of course, those navy s.e.a.l.s and army's delta force and the army specialized aviation helicopters and air force are an incredible tool, andrea. a lot of these special ops guys, including these navy s.e.a.l.s, many of them are on ten or 12 or 15 combat deployments since the start of this war. they're incredibly experienced, courageous, and competent. >> terrible tragedy for the loss of the s.e.a.l. and his family. i want to talk about syria because the president has issued a red line last week against any use of chemical weapons, but according to our roshgt from richard engel and others, the rebels in the field are not taking it very seriously, because they don't think that there is really a military option. what would be the military option if there were any use of chemical weapons by the assad regime? >> well, you know, it's not a situation -- i've been an expert on chemical warfare for 25 years. they don't work very well at all against well trained, well equipped military forces, such as our own. having said that, if these weapons we
'm going to address a major one-day strike, maybe a one-day march on washington for massive and action to bring about the ship in the flow of the wind. >> reverend jesse jackson, bob king from the united autoworkers. thank you very much. i know it's a cold day. thanks for joining us from michigan. >> thank you. >>> and let's make a deal. can president obama and the speaker get it done? we'll ask our experts coming up next. plus, the latest intelligence on syria's chemical weapons stockpile from defense secretary leon panetta who flew to kuwait today. you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! could've had a v8. to the best vacation sp(all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bil
. there is no action of that. to get together and call on our decision makers to change things to give any better nation that we all want and deserve. >> as you sperned at virginia tech, the families of those affected are horrified as they go to the scene of these emergencies. here is a father at the scene in connecticut. >> i could try to explain it, but i'm sure i would fail. there is no words -- there's no words that i could come up with that would even come close to describing the sheer terror of hearing that your son is in a place or your child is in a place where there's been violence. you don't know the details of that violence. you can't do anything to immediately help them or protect them. that is a powerless and terrifying experience. >> collin goddard, take us back to virginia tech and how that situation evolved. tell us what happened that day on that campus. what did you experience? >> there really isn't any way to describe it. i mean, it's nothing like you've seen in movies or read about in the newspaper. it's the most terrifying experience that you could ever imagine. my parents got
banning u.s. citizens from adopting russian children today. the action could affect hundreds of u.s. families when it takes effect january 1. russia is the third most popular country for americans to adopt behind china and ethiopia. >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in the intensive care unit of a houston hospital today. in a statement his longtime chief of staff urged the to put the harps back in the closet. the former president is 88 years old and has been in the hospital since november 23 for a bad case of bronchitis. he has since suffered a series of complications. >>> the national weather service has issued a new winter storm warning for the eastern half of the country as a new system threatens to cause even more travel headaches throughout the region. this comes after more than 21 inches of snow and rain already fell in the northeast. record snowfall in arkansas has left nearly 200,000 people without power. joining me now is the weather channel's kelly cass. kelly, i'm here in washington, d.c. we are hearing warnings from d.c. to maine. don't drive on saturday. y
writer and my colleague and an msnbc contributor. okay, kelly. the action is on the hill where it's been for the last few days. let's start with you. this is a fast-moving story. give us the latest perimeters of what appears -- i emphasize appears to be the start of a deal. >> well, it has been coming closer together, so we are told. the question is what will the president be saying, and senior advisors here as well as senators i've spoken to say they do not expect that he is making any nounment of a deal, so we'll wait for the white house to determine that for sure. what we've been hearing is that they have moved off the issue of taxes and have been more focused on the nature of spending cuts. with republicans and democrats in two different places. democrats would like to delay the automatic spending cuts that would kick in at midnight for two years. republicans would like to delay them only for three months, and then get some additional deaf set reduction with those cuts would kick in. the opportunity there is to then decide instead of across the board cuts, could they reach some agree
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